Organised crime link to Islamic terror exposed
by David Charter
Bulgaria’s Government was accused of high-level involvement with organised crime gangs yesterday, in a hard-hitting report that highlighted the failure of the ruling coalition to stamp out corruption or convict anyone for 150 gangland killings.
Government secrets were leaked to mafia figures involved in drug trafficking and a senior minister met alleged underworld bosses regularly, according to the investigation by MPs into corruption in the Interior Ministry. The profits of the drug trade were channelled to terrorist groups in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.
“Bulgarian crime groups engaged in trafficking . . . drugs sometimes work together with Arab citizens linked to terrorist organisations,” the MPs said.
“We can make the conclusion that part of the money accumulated from drug trafficking is used to finance the work of terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Christian militias.”
The report came after Georgi Stoev, who wrote about the Bulgarian mafia, and Borislav Georgiev, the chief of a nuclear energy company, were murdered this week. It also follows a call from the European Commission for urgent action against corruption and organised crime, with €6.85 billion (£5.5 billion) of EU aid hanging in the balance.
1) Organised crime link to Islamic terror exposed